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From inspiration to outdoor celebrations

Summer is finally here and it’s time to move the party outside! Whether it’s the beach, park, or backyard, the great outdoors can motivate with its beauty and natural charm, providing the perfect venue. And who doesn’t love the surf, sand, and waves? The shore maybe the perfect place to “Hang Loose” and create a coastal paradise. The ambiance can be playful and lighthearted or chic and sophisticated.

Create or rent a cabana by the pool, beach, or lake and chill out by the water. Use punches of color and metallic in your décor to offset against the water, or mimic the water by using blue, aqua, or teal with a hint of shimmer. Make comfort a priority by using plush pillows and crisp fabrics that will keep guests cool and feeling pampered. Draping always brings a little style and refinement to any party. Sheer or opaque—use some draping to make your space special and your guests feel like VIPs.

For an evening event, a palette using warm orange, spicy tangerine, and cheery yellow will be enhanced by the sunset. Glowing light from lanterns and flickering candles create a warm and inviting space.

Floral décor can be enhanced with natural moss, driftwood, palm leaves, and orchids.

Natural elements such as driftwood, seashells, and organic touches bring the beachy vibe together. Novelty items that match your theme add detail to floral displays and can be a creative focal point. Vintage Hawaiian print linens add just the ideal amount of Aloha. Even if you’re in the backyard or by the pool, you can bring a little seashore touch to any location.

From sunrise to sunset, an outdoor venue can make an event especially memorable. Appreciate it, and take advantage of the natural beauty and let it inspire your theme, food and décor.


Lili Shadab is the Founder & Creative Director of Elite Productions International.


Lili Shadab

Founder and Creative Director, Elite Productions International

As a trendsetter in every industry she has participated in, Lili Shadab has established herself as an event design innovator, with her finger on the pulse of style. Lili first began in the fashion industry as a designer and stylist. She then directed her creative talents into floral design and special event production - she started her business in a spare room in her home. This humble beginning is where Elite Productions International was born. In 1991 Lili launched what would become an event production powerhouse, fearless in the endeavor to create events that were only limited by her client’s imagination.

She has produced events for fortune 500 companies, private parties and local charities. Having spent countless...